Saturday 26 July 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Mostly cloudy at first this afternoon with scattered outbreaks of rain and the risk of some heavy bursts developing in parts of the North and East. Brighter conditions with sunny spells and a few showers will follow from the Northwest reaching most places later today. Highest temperatures will range 17 to 22 degrees in a moderate Northwesterly breeze.

Tonight's Weather
Turing noticeable cooler for this evening and tonight. It will be dry in most areas, but some scattered showers will occur in the North and West turning heavy later along the coast. Lowest temperatures 11 to 13 Celsius, in a light to moderate west to northwest breeze.

today's weather Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Sunday, will be breezy and fresh, with sunny spells and scattered showers, some of the showers heavy and prolonged in northern and later eastern areas, with a risk of thunder. However, some parts of the Southwest will stay largely dry. Maximum temperatures 17 to 21 Celsius, with fresh West to Northwest winds.

3 Day Outlook
Headline : Changeable weather, with temperatures around normal, or a little above. Cooler after midweek.

Sunday night : Many areas dry, but a few scattered showers will occur. Min. 10 to 13 Celsius, in a moderate northwesterly breeze.

Monday : Mainly dry, with a mix of cloud and sunny spells, but a few isolated showers are possible. Max. 18 to 21 or 22 Celsius, with moderate north to northwest breezes. On Monday night, cloud will spread from the Atlantic, with a little patchy rain or drizzle, mainly in parts of the west and northwest.

Tuesday : Mostly cloudy for a time, with a little patchy rain and drizzle, mainly in parts of the west and north. Brighter and mainly dry weather, with just a few isolated showers, will spread from the northwest. Max. 17 to 23 Celsius, highest in the southeast. Mostly moderate northwesterly winds.

Wednesday : Most areas dry, with bright spells, but some scattered showers or patchy rain will occur, mainly in the west and north. Max. 17 to 23 Celsius, with moderate westerly winds.

Thursday & Friday : Cooler and fresher, with temperatures of 16 to 20 Celsius. Sunny spells, with some areas dry, but scattered showers also.
Next weekend |: Early indications are for rather cool, fresh conditions, with some heavy and possibly thundery showers, but sunny spells also.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard